Listening to: Mink, For My Mink (Flying Nun)
The two Luis Buñuel films I recently saw at Wellington Film Society screenings were wonderful. I'm going to get hold of his memoirs I think: My Last Breath, 1983. He had a wry humour in his films that I found very engaging and a great take on social mores and hypocrisy.
He's also a very quotable man from what I've seen so far of his writing. Here's some great lines from the man himself:
"God and Country are an unbearable team; they break all records for oppression and bloodshed."
"All my life I've been harrassed by questions: why is something this way and not another? How do you account for that? This rage to understand, to fill in the blanks, only makes life more banal."
"Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese."
"The decline of the aperitif may well be one of the most depressing phenomena of our time." (This from the man that featured the correct method of making a martini in the brilliant The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie.)
" I never miss my daily cocktail: where certain things are concerned, I plan ahead."
"Children and dwarves make the best actors."
Just found these great quotes in a neat little book I bought recently: The Rough Guide to Cult Fiction. Good little reference to have on the shelf.